Four Gamecocks named to preseason all-SEC teams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - The South Carolina football team placed four players on the 2013 preseason All-SEC team voted on by the media at this yearâ??s SEC Media Days.

The teams were announced Thursday.

Junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was a first-team selection along with Bruce Ellington, who earned first-team honors as an all-purpose specialist. Tight end Rory Anderson received second-team accolades with guard A.J. Cann a third-team pick.

Clowney was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore last season. The SEC defensive player of the year finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting last season after collecting 54 tackles, including a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13 quarterback sacks. Clowney was a finalist last year for the Bednarik Award and is one of only six defensive players in the country named to the Maxwell Award Watch List.

Ellington has been the Gamecocksâ?? top kickoff returner the last two years. In 2012, he returned 18 kickoffs for a net average of 22.6 yards and also caught 40 passes for seven touchdowns.

Anderson saw action in all 13 games last year and caught 14 passes for 271 yards. In his first two seasons, he has averaged 21 yards per catch and scored eight touchdowns on 22 career receptions.

Cann is the most experienced offensive lineman on the team with 25 starts over the past two seasons, the most among any returning player on the roster. The Bamberg native earned the Everyday Hustle Award for the offense at the 2013 Garnet & Black Spring Game. He was a third-team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele last year.